Jackfruit getting costlier, tender ones rule markets
Kottayam: The jackfruit market has opened up in Kerala. A collection drive started from the month of November as there has been an increase in demand for the fruit even from other states. The persistence of monsoon even after the Onam last year has turned out to be a blessing for the jackfruit farmers. The dip in production in many parts of the state has increased its price. A large jackfruit costs around Rs 150 to Rs 200 in the market today.
Tender jackfruit- the new star
Tender jackfruits, which are mostly used for cooking, have the most demand in the market. One kilo costs around Rs 25 to Rs 30. The rise in demand for tender jackfruits means that there will be less wastage of the fruit, which was the case earlier. Now sellers even go to different households to collect these jackfruits. If they are taken to the markets in Kanjirappalli and Mundakkayam, one can get upto Rs 14,000 for a ton of tender jackfruits.
Popular in locals markets as well
Locals bring jackfruits for sale daily to the markets of Ponkunnam and Elikkulam panchayats and they are bought at a good price. Koorali local market set a record recently by auctioning a ‘varikka’ jackfruit for Rs 1010. In most cases, these fruits are auctioned for a price not less than Rs 100.
Jackfruit trees in rubber plantations
There are private enterprises in Eerattupetta that exports different jackfruit products. They buy tender jackfruits at relatively high price and make it into highly valued products. There are many farmers who use their rubber plantations to grow jackfruits as they expect its price to go up in the future. Jackfruit tree saplings, which can grow into a tree in three years, are available in private farm nurseries.